Calgary fluoride debate delayed to Jan. 26 to allow more input

Jason Markusoff
Calgary Herald
January 11, 2011

Council will delay deciding on the future of fluoride in Calgary’s water system until a public hearing later this month, but one aldermen questions whether members’ minds are already made up and that a hearing would be largely ceremonial.

Ten of 15 aldermen had lent signatures to a motion Monday that would have ended Calgary’s 20 years of fluoridation without any formal public input.

But amid deluges of hundreds of e-mails and calls from across North America on the divisive issue last week, as well as criticism from the mayor, council decided a Jan. 26 hearing will let experts and residents hash out the debate that mixes health, science and ethics.

As they embraced the idea of a hearing, many aldermen expressed their determination to remove the additive from city water — a juxtaposition Ald. Gael MacLeod found upsetting.

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